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Hogan Chenin Blanc 2014

Hogan Wines sees Jocelyn Hogan Wilson, previously of La Bri in Franschhoek, return to winemaking after a break to start a family. She now buys grapes from around the Cape and makes the wine in rented cellar space. The maiden vintage Chenin Blanc 2014 comes from 38-year-old Swartland vineyard and as for vinification, fermentation occurred […]

September 7, 2015
by Christian
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La Bri Affinity 2012

Franschhoek winery La Bri features botanical line drawings on its labels and the series won silver at the recent Wine Label Design Awards. What of the wines? The Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 rated 5 Stars in the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Report and Irene Waller, who became winemaker here from Graham Beck in late 2010 is enthusiastic […]

March 26, 2015
by Christian Eedes
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La Bri Syrah 2010

Do awards stickers sell wine? Well, I noticed the Syrah 2010 from Franschhoek property bearing a Shiraz SA Wine Challenge decal selling for R98.99 a bottle at Liquor City Claremont and was consequently intrigued to try it. It’s a blend of 96% Shiraz and 4% Viognier and the wine was matured in 94% French and […]

October 3, 2013
by Christian
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La Bri Merlot 2010

Last night I revisited the Merlot 2010 from La Bri in Franschhoek for the first time since it won the trophy for best in class at the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show. I was on the panel along with Angela Lloyd and Anthony Rose which judged Merlot and given its perennial woes, we couldn’t help […]

December 11, 2012
by Christian
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La Bri Syrah 2010

Irene Waller arrived at La Bri in Franschhoek from Graham Beck in mid-2010 and while she didn’t vinify the wines of that vintage, she was responsible for seeing them into bottle, meaning she could take a little of the credit for the Merlot 2010 winning best in class at this year’s Old Mutual Trophy Wine […]

October 23, 2012
by Christian
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